Mar 8, 2018

The state of play 22 days after Parkland

Stoneman Douglas students returned to class two weeks after the mass shooting. Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

After the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., 638 copycat threats were reported from February 15 to February 27, according to USA Today. The top states were Texas with 55, Ohio with 47, California with 37, Florida with 35 and Pennsylvania with 32.

Happening today: The White House takes its next steps on school safety, per Lindsay Walters, White House deputy press secretary:

"As we continue to work towards creating school safety programs that protect all children, the President will be meeting with video game industry leaders and Members of Congress [Roosevelt Room, 2 p.m.] to discuss violent video-game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children."
  • "This meeting will be the first of many with industry leaders to discuss this important issue.”
  • Expected attendees include Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-M0.) and Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.)
  • Outside participants include Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two Interactive, CEO of Rockstar Games; Brent Bozell, Media Research Center; Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (Ret.), director of Killology Research Group; Pat Vance, president of Entertainment Software Rating Board; Mike Gallagher, President and CEO, Entertainment Software Association; Robert Altman, chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media; and Melissa Henson, Mother from Parents Television Council.

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World coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

Japan's economy minister outlined plans on Monday to end the nationwide state of emergency as the number of new novel coronavirus cases continues to decline to less than 50 a day, per Bloomberg. Japan has reported 16,550 cases and 820 deaths.

By the numbers: Over 5.4 million people have tested positive for the virus as of Monday, and more than 2.1 million have recovered. The U.S. has reported the most cases in the world (over 1.6 million from 13.7 million tests). The U.K. is reporting over 36,800 deaths from the coronavirus — the most fatalities outside the U.S.

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of midnight ET: 5,401,701 — Total deaths: 345,060 — Total recoveries — 2,149,407Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of midnight ET: 1,643,238 — Total deaths: 97,720 — Total recoveries: 366,736 — Total tested: 14,163,195Map.
  3. World: White House announces travel restrictions on Brazil, coronavirus hotspot in Southern Hemisphere Over 100 coronavirus cases in Germany tied to single day of church services — Boris Johnson backs top aide amid reports that he broke U.K. lockdown while exhibiting symptoms.
  4. Public health: Officials are urging Americans to wear masks headed into Memorial Day weekend Report finds "little evidence" coronavirus under control in most statesHurricanes, wildfires, the flu could strain COVID-19 response
  5. Economy: White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett says it's possible the unemployment rate could still be in double digits by November's election — Public employees brace for layoffs.
  6. Federal government: Trump attacks a Columbia University study that suggests earlier lockdown could have saved 36,000 American lives.
  7. What should I do? Hydroxychloroquine questions answeredTraveling, asthma, dishes, disinfectants and being contagiousMasks, lending books and self-isolatingExercise, laundry, what counts as soap — Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingHow to minimize your risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it, the right mask to wear.

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U.S. coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios. This graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14.

President Trump doubled down on his push to reopen schools, tweeting late Sunday: "Schools in our country should be opened ASAP."

Zoom in: Trump pushed back on NIAD Director Anthony Fauci cautioning against the move earlier this month, calling his concerns "not an acceptable answer."